Writing On Season 2 Of “Percy Jackson And The Olympians” Disney+ Has Begun
Last month, it was revealed that filming has wrapped on the upcoming Disney+ Original series, “Percy Jackson And The Olympians”, which is based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.
The new series will star Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, along with Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries. Also starring in the series are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lance Reddick, Toby Stephens, Adam Copeland, Suzanne Cryer, and Jessica Parker Kennedy, along with Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally, Jay Duplass, Timothy Omundson, and Timm Sharp, as well as Dior Goodjohn, Charlie Bushnell, and Olivea Morton.
Recently, the show’s creator, Rick Riordan, took to his blog to provide an update on the Disney+ series:
The first season of Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians is now in post-production. This means we’ve finished all the filming and are editing the episodes — choosing scenes, putting them together, adding the music and special effects — all massive undertakings that require many months of work. This is one way in which publishing and television production are not too different. Each episode goes through countless ‘drafts’ and revisions until everyone is satisfied that we have the best possible cut. It takes lots of time. I have no updates on a release date, but you can check my previous blog posts for my best guesses about how long the process will take. All I can say now is that the eight episodes of season one are shaping up beautifully, and I think you’ll be delighted with the results. I have learned so much going through this process. The whole team was incredible, but special shout-out to our hard-working actors. They make the show.
But that’s not all, as Rick Riordan also shared an update on a potential second season of the Disney+ show:
Meanwhile, we have started work on the writers’ room for season two. This does NOT mean the second season has been green-lit yet. It’s too early for that. But we have been approved to start developing scripts, and I think everyone’s expectation is that a second season will happen if all goes as planned. It sure is exciting to be part of the room, though. We’ve broken down the action of the second Percy Jackson book, The Sea of Monsters, into a series of episodes, and have begun outlining what the first episodes would look like. I love imagining the introduction of Tyson, our favorite Cyclops, and it’s so helpful to picture our amazing actors in their on-going roles as I am visualizing the season. A bigger role for Clarisse LaRue, the incredible Dior Goodjohn? Yes, please. More Luke Castellan, aka Charlie Bushnell? Sign me up. Percy (Walker), Grover (Aryan), and Annabeth (Leah) braving the scenes from the second novel . . . I can’t wait. And Party Ponies! While we were filming season one, I explained to Glynn Turman (Chiron) who the Party Ponies were, and he laughed and laughed. He said, “I think I have some friends I could call.” Can’t wait to see that scene! My usual disclaimer: This is all HYPOTHETICAL at this point. We have big plans, but nothing is green-lit (past the writers room) and nothing is set in stone. Fingers crossed, though, the first season does as well as we hope, and leads to an even greater second! I continue to be in the writers’ room every day, weighing in on every creative decision.
Ever since the project was revealed, there has been a hope that the show would be successful and result in multiple seasons, each based on a book in the series. It’s not uncommon for writing to start on a second season before it arrives on a network or streaming platform. But it’s important to note, that Disney hasn’t officially given the go-ahead for a second season, so hopefully, the first season impresses the executives enough to get the go-ahead. Otherwise, it’ll depend on how many people watch the show when it’s released.
Back at the D23 Expo in September, a short teaser trailer of the new series was revealed:
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